Michael Shank will fulfil a lifelong ambition after his Michael Shank Racing team was invited to race in the 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016.
The team’s entry was accepted to race in the event in the LMP2 class, which is taking place across the weekend of June 18-19 2016, with John Pew being the first confirmed driver, while Oswaldo Negri Junior is highly likely to secure one of the two remaining rides.
“We are so proud to have our entry accepted today for the 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans!” revealed Shank on his official Facebook page. “It has taken us almost 20 years to get this point and we will do everything in our power to make this a great experience for all involved.
“There will be more to announce in the near future about our efforts in Europe this year and we will keep everyone updated as we confirm our partners etc.
“I have to thank IMSA, ACO, HPD, Onroak and of course my two drivers of over 10 years John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Junior…
“None of this is possible without the undying support of my wife Marybeth and all of the team members of MSR Inc. and their families both present and past…
“We are a lucky bunch to say the least, but I promise you we have worked very hard for this and taken huge chances along the way…
“We are living the American dream …and we are grateful!”
Michael Shank Racing was one of two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries to be invited to the race in 2016, with Scuderia Corsa being invited to race in the LMGTE AM Class, with Bill Sweedler the first name to be announced by the team.
Seven other IMSA entries will be competing in the event in the LMP2 class, with the two Corvette Racing entries that finished first and second in class in the recent Daytona 24 Hours being joined by two Ford GTs from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and two Porsche Motorsport entries – with 2015 LMP1 winners Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy both on the entry list – plus one entry for Risi Competizione.